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Falsettos

From 1,016 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny

About the show

Two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle stars in Lincoln Center Theater's Broadway revival of William Finn's groundbreaking musical about a gay man, his wife, his son, his lover, and their psychiatrist. More…

Set in 1979-1981, 'Falsettos' focuses on Marvin (Borle), who struggles to create a nontraditional family out of an eclectic array of core relationships, including his ex-wife (Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block), his new boyfriend (Tony nominee Andrew Rannells), his adolescent son, and his psychiatrist. Amidst a series of monumental life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man. This production reunites the original creative team of producer André Bishop, Tony-winning composer/lyricist William Finn, and Tony-winning playwright/director James Lapine.

2h 40m | Already closed | Walter Kerr Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1016)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny
85
Avg Score

80
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You love stories of family, enjoy a PHENOMENAL cast, want to be moved by the characters and laugh-cry along with the rest of the audience.

Don't see it if You prefer a more straightforward, linear story line rather than snippets of a family's life.

Also Stephanie J. Block is a goddess. See it just for her.

85
Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Resonant, Intense

See it if you always want to see a great cast (some oddly chosen) tackle important material

Don't see it if you don't want to cry

Also By the end, the entire audience was a wreck. The sniffling and crying ... Read more Read less

80
Heartbreaking, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing, Dated

See it if You appreciated Fun Home. Both musicals deal with gay married men/fathers and the collateral damage on their families. Well acted and sung.

Don't see it if The themes are too emotionally raw for you (loss of a love to AIDS or to a same-sex partner). Immensely sad on so many levels.

85
Great singing, Resonant, Great cast, Moving, Fascinating time-capsule

See it if you want to see one of the most stealthily influential works of musical theatre; if you want to catch a GREAT perf by Stephanie J. Block

Don't see it if you need to "like" the characters; if the idea of a musical about jews, gays & AIDS makes you nervous; if you want a light, diverting show

52
Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You won't enter the theater until the second act. The first act is self indulgent and excruciatingly long.

Don't see it if You want a traditional musical and not one endless recitative.

78
Hilarious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you've never seen this show before. I loved the way it was staged with the foam blocks and the cast was fantastic, particularly the ladies.

Don't see it if you don't like neurotic types. You're expecting a great deal of character depth.

Also I found the show very charming. I laughed a lot. Stephanie J. Block's ... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Delightful musical with a stellar cast! Excellent score and entertaining storyline. I loved every minute of it.

Don't see it if The second act takes place in the 80s and touches upon the beginning of the AIDS crisis. The serious turn of the show can be upsetting.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You enjoy a fun show

Don't see it if You don't want to deal with the aspects of gay relationships and HIV

92
Great singing, Great writing, Riveting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like a musical that makes you cry and think and feel and laugh.

Don't see it if You don't believe in equality and love.

75
Dated, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you're familiar with the source material and love a good family drama.

Don't see it if you're going in blind. You may not know what to expect! (It is completely sung-through!)

Also Falsettos is an impressive feat, but was perhaps, just not the show fo... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Quirky, Resonant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You have nostalgia for the 70s & 80s. You're gay or Jewish or a woman or need therapy (it really touches on many subjects, and with humor).

Don't see it if You're closed to offbeat storytelling & get depressed with conflict / sadness & are intolerant to lifestyles that may differ from your own.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy great chemistry between the leads, Block stealing the show, Borle and Rannells stealing your heart, and shows about the 70s/80s.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals that are almost completely sung (little dialogue), you need a show with a linear structure, and you need a happy end

85
Top notch sing-through musical with universal appeal

See it if Strong acting, singing, creative staging. All around a successful revival. It has gay theme but with universal appeal. Very human

Don't see it if Sing-through does have limitations. The musical was written in 1992, so time has changed but the material has timelessness to it

85
Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear some great singing and acting

Don't see it if you are not interested in a sad ending

97
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see the best in musical theatre with intelligence and relevance

Don't see it if You don't care for musicals that are thought provoking

84
Lovely, Funny, Resonant, Still relevant

See it if you want to see a quirky yet beautiful story of love - romantic, familial, friendly. All of the above.

Don't see it if you don't like sad endings. It's a musical about gay men in the 70s/80s, so I'm sure you can guess how it ends.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Romantic, Resonant

See it if You are moved by stories of personal relationships and complex characters.

Don't see it if You are turned off by stories of "non-traditional" couples.

Also The material of the first act still strikes me as a bit chilly, but th... Read more Read less

81
Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy good singing and just a fun night at the theatre until.......

Don't see it if you object to AIDS related themes.

79
Tearjerker, Bipolar, Great singing

See it if to see Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J Block knock it out of the park, for some of Bill Finn's most gorgeous songs, remember 80s/90s NYC

Don't see it if Don't like being emotionally manipulated in Act II without real foundation in Act I, because of some of Bill Finn's most inexplicable songs

90
Intelligent, Engrossing, Moving

See it if You like meaningful, emotional stories told by incredible talent. Smart, fast lyrics deliver the show's universal themes of love & family

Don't see it if You don't like revivals altho this hardly feels like one. Or if you don't want to relive the pain of AIDS first ugly entry.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if If your a fan of Andrew Rannells and Christian Borel. They do not disappoint. Stephanie Block brings down the house.

Don't see it if You do not want to see a full sung through musical. Do not like gay themed anything. Also a bit long.

75
Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Funny

See it if you're a fan of one of the stars.

Don't see it if you're used to more contemporary fast-paced shows.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Resonant, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like a great cast performing an oft talked about but rarely performed show. It has heart, laughs, and will make you cry.

Don't see it if you hate gay people, hate human stories, think only traditional love should exist/matter, hate revivals, hate ensemble casts, hate emotions.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see an excellent ensemble and masterful staging of a classic piece that is even more relevant now than when first done.

Don't see it if You don't like musical theatre that has something to say and is, at its heart, very political about the nature of family

85
Clever, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you love theatre with more depth.

Don't see it if you're only looking for fluff.


October 27th, 2016
"There’s hardly a moment in the exhilarating, devastating revival of the musical 'Falsettos' that doesn’t approach, or even achieve, perfection...Directed by Mr. Lapine—whose work is so sharp it’s as if he were seeing the show with a new pair of eyes...Mr. Borle shines here as he has never before...
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October 27th, 2016
"Few musicals have the range, idiosyncrasy and emotional punch of this profoundly unconventional and personal work...As enjoyable as the snaggletoothed and biting first half can be, it hardly prepares you for the extraordinary second...Finn pushes musical theater to the limits of what we can ask ...
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October 27th, 2016
"A heartbreaking revival...It’s hard to get through the last half hour intact...If this Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Lapine, has any serious faults, they arise from that agenda. As written, Marvin is so nasty and erratic in the first act ...Christian Borle can’t resolve that con...
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November 7th, 2016
"One of the most dishonest musicals I have ever seen...What can you do with a show that opens with a song called 'Four Jews in a Room Bitching,' and uses AIDS to endow it with seriousness? The rot at the center of 'Falsettos' is slathered in self-congratulation. Finn and Lapine use Jews, AIDS, an...
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